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Welcome to the fleet USS Tripoli
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (July 15, 2020) Sailors assigned to the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, USS Tripoli (LHA 7), fully raise the commissioning pennant during a small ceremony as the ship transitioned into naval service July 15. Tripoli was commissioned administratively in compliance with current public health and safety restrictions. U.S. Navy photo by MCC Brian Bille.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (July 15, 2020) Sailors assigned to the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, USS Tripoli (LHA 7), fully raise the commissioning pennant during a small ceremony as the ship transitioned into naval service July 15. Tripoli was commissioned administratively in compliance with current public health and safety restrictions. USS Tripoli will be homeported in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by MCC Brian Bille. Read more...


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SAN DIEGO - The Navy announced June 17 that Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) will conduct a homeport shift in the summer of 2021 from its current homeport of San Diego to Bremerton, Wash.
Theodore Roosevelt will enter Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for a scheduled docking planned incremental availability (DPIA).
Theodore Roosevelt, commissioned in 1984, is currently deployed to the Western Pacific.

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Sailors, civilians and family members can keep up with the latest information on the coronavirus, provided by the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. Read more...

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The Pentagon recently warned that military personnel shouldn’t use at-home DNA kits such as 23andme or Ancestry. The advisory, initially obtained by Yahoo News, said such kits could pose a security risk. It also warned military personnel are being targeted by the companies with discounts encouraging them to purchase the at-home kits.“Exposing sensitive genetic information to outside parties poses personal and operational risks to Services members,” the memo noted. “These (direct-to-consumer) genetic tests are largely unregulated and could expose personal and genetic information, and potentially create unintended security consequences and increased risk to the joint force and mission.” ... Refer to https://www.stripes.com/news/us/don-t-use-home-dna-kits-pentagon-warns-service-members-1.612655. Divider Bar
VA introduces 'Solid Start' to provide support to veterans
Program provides vets supportive contact and information to enable success
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, introduced VA Solid Start which will proactively contact all newly separated service members at least three times during their first year of transition from the military.
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Military couple assignment policy: 5 things to know
The Navy realizes how important families are, and when they're not whole it can add stress to a Sailor's life. Collocation of dual-military couples is part of supporting families. It is a priority, along with balancing fleet readiness. The revised policy updates the collocation and distribution procedures and makes orders negotiation less cumbersome........ read more

Navy Pregnancy and Parenthood mobile app available
"Pregnancy and parenthood can be compatible with a successful military career when Service members and the Command both understand their roles and responsibilities, said Capt. Candace Eckert, director of N1 Diversity. "This app makes that task easier by identifying regulations, instructions and references from a wide variety of sources and offering them in one easy-to-use app. The app includes information regarding assignments, retention, separation, standards of conduct and much more." ......read more

Separation policy
To protect Sailors and Marines suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or any other diagnosed mental health condition, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has made his department the first in the military to assure such conditions are considered before separating a service member. ......read more

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USS Tripoli leaves shipyard for San Diego homeport
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (July 24, 2020) The amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli gets underway. Tripoli commissioned administratively July 15 and is scheduled to homeport in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Peter Burghart.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (July 24, 2020) The amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli gets underway. Tripoli commissioned administratively July 15 and is scheduled to homeport in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Peter Burghart.


USS Gabrielle Giffords routine ops
SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 30, 2020) The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations in the South China Sea, June 30, 2020. Gabrielle Giffords, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Brenton Poyser.
SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 30, 2020) The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations in the South China Sea, June 30, 2020. Gabrielle Giffords, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Brenton Poyser.

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NAVSUP reminds Sailors: No more handwritten customs forms after Aug. 12
7/22/2020
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) reminds customers that handwritten customs declaration forms for mailing items over 13 ounces from an overseas or military afloat post office will not be accepted after Aug. 12.
Military members can fill out forms in advance by going to usps.com/international and clicking on "print customs forms." Bringing a computer-generated form ahead of time will slightly shorten wait times at the post office.
For those unable to fill out a form online, a postal clerk can enter information manually from a worksheet filled out in advance.
"Customers can help streamline the mailing process by completing customs forms online or using Click-n-Ship prior to coming to the post office for mailing. Some of the NAVSUP Post Offices will provide head-of-line privileges or customer-ready windows to process items for customers who completed the customs form or Click-n-ship functions online," said NAVSUP Navy Postal Operations Manager Dale Pinchart.
For more information, contact your local post office.
Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP's mission is to provide supplies, services, and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter. Learn more at www.navsup.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/navsup and https://twitter.com/navsupsyscom.


TAP available online for transitioning Sailors
by MC1 Mark D. Faram, Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy has suspended all in-person Transition Assistance Program classes due to social distancing rules now in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
But the Navy is not eliminating the training requirement and instead is authorizing all separating and retiring sailors to complete this requirement online, allowing them to separate on time.
Here’s what you need to know:
“Commanders must continue to ensure transitioning Service Members are prepared to reintegrate into the civilian community, especially in the challenging times we face. Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, the Navy’ top uniformed personnel official said in NAVADMIN 082/20.
Active-Duty Sailors retiring or separating are exempt from the stop movement, which means that separations and retirements will go on as scheduled, unless Sailors request and are approved to reenlist or extend
The course completion requirement is also still in place for Reserve Sailors on active-duty orders for more than 179 days as well as mobilized reservists within 60 days of redeployment and demobilization.
For those with enough time left on the books, the message recommends they simply reschedule for a later date.
Those inside their 365-days prior to separation start time or 90-days prior to separation Capstone requirement must complete their training through the Joint Knowledge Online Website. Details on the TAP virtual curriculum to include links to the training available on the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program Website.
What’s not changed is the requirement for initial Self-Assessment Counseling, Pre-Separation counseling and Capstone sessions. These can still be done in-person using proper social-distancing protocol or telephonically by command career counselors or TAP managers.
TAP related questions can be directed to Mr. Tom Albert, OPNAV N170C, at (901)-874-4254, DSN 882 or via e-mail at tom.albert@navy.mil. .

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United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at utr@usosandiego.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.

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